CHANNEL 9 -The likely new owners of Fairfax show their skill


John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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2 Responses to CHANNEL 9 -The likely new owners of Fairfax show their skill

  1. Margaret Callinan says:

    I have a different take on Saturday’s outcome – Nine’s statement was reasonable based on precedent. This time, however, I believe people were less swayed by the MSM than in the past. I can only hope and pray that this is the start of a trend.

    For the entire “pre-election” period, and before that too, the MSM, including the ABC to a fair extent, had been presenting Labor and Shorten in a consistently negative light (and no doubt will continue to do so). Even anything positive was given negative spin. That sort of relentless negativity has swayed poll outcomes in the past. If it had any effect this time, it was to reduce the margin by which Labor won but it didn’t make them lose as they did, and never should have, to Abbott.

  2. R. N. England says:

    The more contempt the people show for the commercial media, and the more clearly they consider policy matters, the healthier the Australian body politic will be. A clearer picture for the public means disinterested presentation of policy matters to the public by experts. The ABC is crucial here. It needs to stop aping the commercial media, and start justifying itself in terms of truth, real relevance, and real beauty, instead of ratings. Ratings began in the commercial world as a measure of how much the public had been duped into buying one brand of soap-powder instead of others that were equally effective. If they weren’t duped, why else would the victims keep voting for the party of narrow vested interests? As for beauty, it is worth remembering Gough’s words in Hansard on the commercial media , “…the pandering to every mindless fad, and the systematic debasement of public taste.”

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